Harvest Week 3

This week of harvest has gone exponentially better, seems like most of the kinks got worked out. We had a couple of great days of soybean harvest getting 60-70 acres picked each day. Soybeans don’t allow you to run a full day like corn and other crops, in the early morning and late at night they can get “tough” and hard to pick. Meaning the soybeans and stalks won’t run through the combine like they are suppose to. What usually helps is to have the wind blowing and the sun shining to make them dryer and flow through the machine. Beans can be especially finicky as it gets colder and later in the season especially with shorter days.

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He was harvesting at the field where we held our wedding this summer and we still haven’t gotten around to taking the flowers down off the crosses. Might end up leaving them until Easter Sunday sunrise service.

Some of the beans have been going into the Palmyra coop since those fields are on shares otherwise most everything is getting hauled to the bins at Wallen Farms for storage until they are at a good price to sell.

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Harvest week two

This is probably technically week three, but we had almost a week there where nothing got done because of the rain. We’re back on track this week harvesting away, he has moved fields about 4 times. Once a chain on the cornhead broke and he couldn’t get parts for two days so decided to switch to beans, got all the way to the field and then the beans weren’t ready.

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That’s the life of a farmer always adjusting and making work whatever they get thrown at them. Jerry moved back to corn and has been having some very long nights the past few days. One night he harvested until 2:30am, I was running the grain cart until about 12:30 and his part time hired hand was trucking the corn to a rented bin for storage. He says we have about 4 fields completely done and 15 or so to go, harvest is a process and its not always a short one. Lucky we have something to look forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas, Jerry’s birthday & our honeymoon!

 

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Happy Harvest!

Its finally here! So much anticipation has been building, every week at church Jerry was getting asked when he would be starting and its finally dry enough that he can! He has officially had 2 full days of picking corn, he has 100 acres harvested.img_4855Then it rained 10/6/16 and is drying back out today he will be back at it Saturday all day working on the field next to the home place. He says the machinery has been working great so far this year and he has been able to pick an extra 900 bushels every night after the coop closes. Jerry is borrowing my father’s semi truck and trailer to haul grain this harvest and that has allowed him to get a lot more harvested and hauled.
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I’ve been testing out new field meals for Jerry this year and tried an arm roast, mashed potato, baked bean dump and it’s his favorite thing I’ve made yet! Recipe HERE Its not just the farmers…it’s also the crew behind the scenes feeding them, and washing work clothes that keep them going.

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